UK National Health Surcharge


The National Health Surcharge came into effect on 6 April 2015 and applies to all non-EEA nationals applying for UK Visas for periods longer than six months. It was introduced by the UK Government as a way to ensure that non-EEA nationals make an appropriate financial contribution to the cost of making use of the National Health Service (NHS) in Britain.

Who is eligible to pay the Surcharge?

Only non-EEA nationals who are applying for UK visas for periods more than six months will be subject to the health surcharge.

Applicants for UK Visitor Visas are thus exempted from the surcharge.

Are there any exemptions?

Nationals from Australia and New Zealand, are fortunate enough to be exempted from this surcharge. Their governments have reciprocal healthcare agreements with the UK Government, which exempt them from having to pay this surcharge.

Other exemptions include; Intra-company transfers under the Tier 2 immigration route, Dependents of a member of Her Majesty’s Forces and migrants who apply under the Home Office concession known as the ‘destitute domestic violence concession’.

Important (and fortunate) to note is that Applications for Indefinite Leave to Remain and British Citizenship are exempted from the UK National Health Surcharge.

What are the exact costs?

The cost of the National Health Surcharge is £150 per year for students.

All other applicants will pay £200 per year. Dependents applying for visas are also subject to the surcharge.

When applying for your visa, you will have to pay to cover the whole period of stay for each application. As an example, if you are applying for a UK Ancestry Visa for five years, you will have to pay £1,000 (£200 x 5 years).

If you apply for an extension of your current visa, the surcharge have to be paid for the period of extension. Persons who for example applied for their UK Visas before 6 April 2015 have not been liable to pay, but will have to pay for the extension on their visa when they apply.

What are the practical implications?

All UK visa applications have to be accompanied by the surcharge. It is payable for the total period of the UK Visa being applied for.

The amount is collected as part of the immigration application and the payment is mandatory.

Unsuccessful UK Visa Applications

Should your UK visa application be unsuccessful, you will receive a refund.

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Posted on: 23rd March 2016, by : ICS Legal